Reid-White-Philbin House

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Reid-White-Philbin House was constructed in 1821 for Samuel McDowell Reid, clerk of the Rockbridge County Court in Lexington, and the trustee of Washington College responsible for transformation of the central campus into a harmonious Greek Revival ensemble. Reid designed the substantial brick Federal-style house with an Ionic entry porch and Federal- and Georgian-inspired mantels. His surviving watercolor elevation and section drawings for the house provide a rare testament to the accomplishments of an antebellum Virginia “gentleman architect” After Reid’s death, the property passed to his daughter Mary Louise White, wife of Washington and Lee classics professor James Jones White.

Last Updated: June 6, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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